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Hidalgo County judge tests positive for COVID-19

Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez has tested positive for COVID-19, the county announced Thursday.

Cortez, 77, has worked from home for most of the pandemic and learned of his positive test after a family member tested positive, according to a statement from the county.

Cortez is asymptomatic and said he is feeling fine, but will self-isolate per county policy.

“I have taken all the precautions that I could to prevent infection, but I still have contracted this awful virus,” Judge Cortez said in a statement. “This goes to show you how contagious this virus can be.”

Cortez’s diagnosis came on the same day the county announced 285 more positive cases of the disease for a total of 46,734 known cases COVID-19. Of those cases,  2,536 are active.

The county also reported six more COVID-19 related deaths Thursday making it a total of 2,116 county residents who have died from complications related to the disease.

217 county residents remain in area hospitals to be treated for COVID-19 related complications with 88 of them placed in intensive care units.

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